Chart Podcast is here ...
Gabriel Gilson on polyphonic cycling and our Specialist Classical Chart podcast.
Not surprisingly in this time of change, I've found myself looking at all the things I value about my job and how closely they fit with the things I really like doing in life. Luckily for me, MUSIC runs slap bang through the middle of both of them.
And it's not just the notes. I'm also mildly obsessed with how the music is delivered and how technology affects the way we listen now. Since we introduced the Live HD stream, I've listened to more Radio 3 than ever before. I'm distraught that many music download services don't offer 'lossless' files. Which brings me to the weekly dose of the specialist classical chart.
This podcast (free download if you prefer) has entered my life at the number one spot in the list of 'things to listen to while I cycle to work'. It's not so loud that I can't hear the buses, but it takes my mind off the hills and stops me writing PowerPoints in my head (don't ask). Trying to remember the pieces I really like is interesting too. It's very hard to write a list on a bike. I'm also enjoying finding out about musicians I was in danger of taking for granted, such as John Eliot Gardiner and his Bach obsession. Sadly it turns out Bach is terrible to cycle to. You just can't hear the counterpoint. Whereas a combination of Tallis's soaring polyphony and the ride through Highgate Woods as the early morning sunshine burns off the mist is about as good a way to start the day as I can think of...
And the podcast is here, available every Tuesday at round about midday. You can also get it from all your favourite podcast subscription services.
Gabriel Gilson is Interactive Editor for BBC Radio 3, Performing Groups and the Proms